Knitted mesh is used in hydrogen generation as an electrical current carrier, conductive spacer or electrode due to its compressible, conductive and resilient properties, ideal for the harsh environment of the electrolysis process.
Hydrogen generation offers a clean fuel from a resource abundant in nature. Green hydrogen is produced by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen (through electrolysis) using electricity from renewable sources such as wind, solar or hydro energy. Knitted Mesh is already used in electrolysis as the process conditions can be harsh and mesh offers a reliable solution for equipment to withstand the operating pressure and the caustic nature of the electrolyte solutions (normally potassium hydroxide – KOH). When energy is released using Fuel Cells there are a number of possible applications for mesh in electrochemistry, electrodes, membrane spacers and electrical current carriers.
Knitted wire mesh can be produced from any metal including pure nickel or titanium. This strong and flexible material, created from a web of interlocking wire loops (typical 0.15mm diameter) and can be used in a wide range of hydrogen generation applications.
Following a hydrogen-oxygen reaction, energy can be released as heat and pressure ie in hydrogen internal combustion engines where knitted mesh can be used applications such as crank case breathers, heat shields and exhaust systems
In Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) electrolysis, knitted mesh can be used to fill the gap between the electrodes and improve efficiency (zero-gap technology).
Burning hydrogen to release useful energy has many applications from flame and flash-back arresters to domestic cookers and boilers.